Central state employee dies of COVID-19, second in state psychiatric hospitals | Government and politics

“We are extremely grateful to the teams at our facilities and central office who have worked hard to help get staff vaccinated over the past two months,” she said.

However, Senator Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, chairman of a joint subcommittee studying reforms to the state’s behavioral health system, expressed concern that so many employees have not been vaccinated against a disease that has been raging in public psychiatric hospitals and other institutions.

“You can’t force people to get vaccinated,” Deeds said Friday. “But it’s starting to be where it’s a serious problem.”

Since the pandemic began, COVID-19 has infected nearly 1,700 patients and employees at behavioral health facilities across the state, according to the department’s website. Currently, facilities have 44 active cases and 11 pending tests, while 1,603 people have recovered from the disease.

More recently, the Danville institute is experiencing its third major outbreak of the disease, with two employees and 11 patients testing positive for the virus on Friday.

Cunningham did not say exactly when the technician died at Central State or if it happened before COVID-19 vaccinations were offered there.

“Out of concern for confidentiality and respect for the family, we cannot share any further details of the staff member who died at this time,” she said.

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